Tale Told by an Idiot by Wayfarer
As I add the albums to the new website, I am making a post for each one, because many visitors are experiencing the music for the first time. Tale Told by an Idiot is the second Wayfarer album.
Tale Told by an Idiot asks the question that was originally put forward by William Shakespeare in this historic line. Is life a journey with meaning to it, or are our lives really just poorly written scripts authored by a fool? Those outside forces beyond our control are a large part of the script. Where do they come from and is their a “why?” Does life have a meaning authored by the divine, or is it “a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”
Perhaps the best advice is to make an effort to control one’s own story as much as possible. Rather than drifting in the wind, allowing the possible fool to write your story, it is perhaps preferable to take the bull by the horns and control one’s own destiny as much as possible. If the author of meaning exists, then this author will play his or her role regardless.
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- The Message – Have you ever wanted to deliver a message in such a way that only the person receiving it could understand it? Music is one way of delivering such a message, especially when one chooses not to use lyrics. The Message is woven intot he tapestry of the sound.
- Led Dancers – If we were to compare life to a ballroom in which we are the dancers on the dance floor, do we choose our own dance. or are we shaped by the music that we are dancing to? The latter seems to be more true than the former. We could, of course, choose not to dance on time, and then we can look rather foolish to the others dancing with the music. Perhaps that is why we are so drawn the “follow the music” and live our lives with less of a desire to “stand out.” There is another path, though. perhaps we can dance to the rhythm, but create our own movements within the context of the music being played. rather than being dancers led by the steps of others.
- Jester in a Poppyfield – When we feel ourselves playing the fool, sometimes the fear of appearing foolish can be avoided by being the fool in the right surroundings. If you feel like you are a jester, perhaps you need to find a field of poppies in which to reside.
- Guenivere – One of the most legendary stately love affairs in history was destroyed by an illicit one. Why does Guenivere get the blame as Lancelot remains a hero?
- Uncertainty – When one is surrounded by uncertainty, perhaps it is best to look at those things that one is certain about. When these things do not seem as certain as before, however, then one might need to search harder and harder for what is certain.
- Decadence in the Face of Reason – The legendary struggle of mankind is between the emotional, felling side of one’s being (right brain) and the logical, rational side of being (left brain). It is so tempting sometimes to let the heart rule and go with the right brain, but the left brain will always be there to tell you about the consequences and that you are responsible for them either way.
- Words that I Want to Say to You but Can’t – Some things in life can be experienced, but cannot be put into words so easily. It is frustrating to have to keep such experiences and expression inside and not be able to find a channel to communicate them. This is especially true when you notice that memory starts to fade on those experiences that we cannot rationalize and imprint in our brains in words.
- Controlled Folly “Gekgekgekgow” – Much of what we do in life is folly and does not mean anything in the long run. The trick is to be aware of this when one engages in folly so that one does not get wrapped up in that which serves little purpose to one’s growth. Folly can be a great release valve, however.
- Saturnalia – In the northern hemisphere, when the days grow shorter and shorter and the trees lose their leaves, one can find warmth by the fire and peace in a well-gathered harvest. Why not, in the middle of the dead season, when the spirits roam free, unseen around us, celebrate with the bounty that we have been given?
All music written and electronically realized and engineered by Lawrence W. Moore
“Jester in a Poppy Field” painting used in album cover painted by Jeremy Hauser
Wayfarer Tale Told by an Idiot is Copyright 2005 by Lawrence W. Moore, All Rights Reserved